- Katie Conroy
How to Create a Home Office in a Small Living Space
A small home can be a space for both relaxation and productivity. Designating areas for work and play is essential for effective output and maximum rejuvenation. The aim is to make the most of your tiny space without losing its aesthetics and functionality. If you need an office space in your small home, here are some practical tips to guide you through the process.
Plan Your Office Layout
Outline the office space logistics. Start by identifying the ideal location for your office area. Create an office layout to get an idea of item placement, and come up with a list of things you need to make the space functional. Consider the budget required for any new purchases such as office supplies, furniture, and knickknacks. Then, work out timelines for each project milestone. Once you have a feasible plan, the next step is to spring into action.
Minimize Added Costs
To develop a cost-friendly office space, be sure to repurpose items. Chances are you already have what you need for your office space, so find what you can use. Consider whether items could serve a double or triple function in your office space, which will help you avoid going overboard with installations and furniture purchases.
Clear Out Space
Declutter to maintain room cohesion and your peace of mind. You can keep useful things or those items you consider to be sentimental in a storage unit. Do research on affordable, accessible, and secure storage units within your area. If you do not need certain things, donate them.
You can still include essentials in your office without taking up too much space. Some ideas to maximize your space could include:
Shelving. Create more space to include essential office items like your clock, papers, files, calendar, and office decor without cluttering the area.
Multipurpose furniture. Have pieces with multiple functions like a hidden desk bed from Hiddenbed of Oregon, which folds into a working desk for productivity and opens into a bed for resting. This piece can also mean that your small office space can double as a guest room.
Cable/cord organizers. Get your cables out of sight and maintain a clean aesthetic without losing functionality.
Drawers for storage. If your work involves having piles of paper, files, and office machinery, have drawers to keep the area pristine after office hours.
Organize and Document
An organized space is critical to keep things within reach and your mind stress-free. It also adds to the beauty of the room. Remove distracting items from the desktop and leave essential items that function as decor. Keep your paper cutter, shredder, and miniature printer in drawers or office cabinets to keep the space clutter-free. Have the office's color scheme flow with the rest of the room to maintain synchronization between the two spaces. Remember, less is always more when decorating.
If you plan to sell your home, keep track of changes. Take before-and-after photos to show the improvements, as the new features can increase property value.
Optimize Small Spaces Successfully
Having a plan, making a budget, and decluttering your space can help you add an office to your small home. Reach out to Hiddenbed of Oregon for help maximizing your space with multipurpose furniture!